An American Vampire: Blood & Wine

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Turned into a vampire in the year 1792, Daniel Mitchell has years of experience dealing with the struggles and torments that have haunted him over the years. Be there as he tries to balance love, loss and life against the world he is a part of; follow his life story as he learns about the secrets that envelop his hidden world, and witness the shocking truth behind ancient legends, and curses. More

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Review by: Keri Peardon on July 08, 2012 : star star
I hate to buck the review trend, but honestly, I found this novella to be quite boring. It read like non-fiction; everything was dry and lacking emotion.

There wasn't enough detail. I'm still not entirely sure if the vampires can't be out in the sunlight, or what would happen to them if they are. I have no idea if the main character had a true romantic relationship with either of his women (he never shows physical affection for either of them, although they seem to have slept in the same bed). And I have no idea where their money came from.

Not only that, but the characters seemed to lack personality, and what personalities they did have seemed to vacillate. Hanna and Daniel were the worst offenders. At one moment Hanna is sweet and kind and thinks the best of everyone, and the next moment she hates Olivia with a passion. (Not saying Olivia didn't deserve it, but Hanna's reaction wasn't in keeping with her character.) And one minute Hanna's walking through the French countryside because she loves the world and wants to savor every part of it (and she doesn't like being in cars), and a couple of chapters later she's throwing a fit about having to run into Italy (over the Alps) and says cars are the best invention ever. The Alps have some of the most beautiful scenery in the world. Sure, going through them won't be easy--even for a vampire--but shouldn't Hanna love the views and the crisp air?

Daniel also flip-flops wildly on his morality. There are times when he thinks it's okay to kill humans, times when he thinks it's wrong, and times when he thinks it's okay in certain circumstances. I wouldn't mind him changing his mind over time, but I'd like to see the thought process that leads him to his decision.

Despite the fact that he's the narrator, we're never really in Daniel's head. We never know what he's really thinking about anything. And his purpose in life seems to be to wander around and find interesting women to hang out with. He doesn't get a hobby until the end of the story.

He also lacks real emotion. He never goes looking for his fiance, whom he supposedly loves dearly. Even if Lillian wouldn't let him go, he needs to at least spend some time pining for his lost love. Instead, he reacts to the horrible news that he's now a vampire and cut off from everything he holds dear with calm acceptance. He just shrugs it off and moves on. Rebecca, at the end, does the same. Not the sort of reaction I would have if I woke up suddenly a vampire.

And none of the story matched up with the time and location where it was taking place. Daniel and Lillian's speech is not consistent with the 18th century. No mention is made of Daniel learning French; either he's magically able to understand it, or everyone in France speaks English. Hanna's speech doesn't fit with the 1920's (even though she's older than that, I would assume that she should evolve with the times). I'd like to see some French words and/or period-appropriate slang in there to help set the time/mood.

There were really three women that defined the piece: Lillian, Hanna, and Olivia. I think this entire thing would be better broken up into three stories, and more time spent detailing the situation surrounding each woman.

Also, I'd like to see a natural conclusion to the story. The description makes you think that there's going to be a great reveal of vampire secrets, yet the story ends with Daniel really knowing no more than he did to start with. I'd like to see him find out where they come from and where werewolves come from, and why they're mortal enemies. If the story was broken into three parts (or four, if a final part was added, maybe centering around Rebecca), each story's plot could center around finding another piece of the puzzle, until, at last, it was all put together. That would also give Daniel some motivation in life and make him more interesting.
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Review by: Robert Haywood on June 22, 2012 : star star star star star
I am a hardcore fan of both vampires and werewolf books and I have to say this is one of the best books I've read on the subject. I could not put it down. The characters were really great and I think I'm in love with the vampire Hanna.
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Review by: Amanda Crook on May 19, 2012 : star star star star star
Loved it,
Not all annoying teen romance vampirism,
But yet the life of a vamp
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Review by: Tina Long on April 18, 2012 : star star star star star
Awesome book!This was a great read. When is the second book coming out? I cannot wait:-)
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Review by: jennifer wilkinson on April 10, 2012 : star star star star star
Love it so far. Im halfway through it and I have to say, it's pretty cool.
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